Travel Planning Don'ts

Planning for a trip is not the most enjoyable part of a vacation. Travel planning involves hours and hours of searching for airfare, arranging transportation and accommodations, and packing. And if you’re completely clueless about travel planning, it could take you even longer.

Below are a few things NOT to do when planning for a trip. Travel planning requires careful execution and if not done properly, can result in the worst trip you’ve ever taken.Travels

Travel Planning: What Not to Do

Book the First Flight You Find:

If you’re traveling abroad and need to book airfare, DON’T book the first flight you find. If you want to find cheap airfare, you need to compare prices. Search online and call the airlines to see what deals you can find. The Internet is filled with airfare discounts and cheap air tickets. All it takes is a little travel planning and initiative to do a search online or pick up the phone and call the airlines. If you don’t, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars more than you should have.

Pin the Tail on the Travel Map:

In the game Pin the Tail on the Donkey, a person is blind folded, spun around, and given the task to pin the tail on the paper donkey hanging on the wall. As fun and entertain as this children’s game is, it’s not a good method to use when planning a trip. If you’re deciding on where to go, don’t just pick a random destination and hop on a plane. You need to research those travel destinations you are interested in visiting. When researching each destination, find out the best time of year to go (you don’t want to travel to Paris during the rainy season). Find out when the best weather is and plan your trip around those months. Bad weather can quickly turn your exciting vacation into a week spent indoors watching foreign television.

Wait ‘Till the Last Minute to Pack:

Packing is almost always the last task on the travel planning list. After the tickets are purchased, the itinerary is set, and the time-off request has been submitted and signed, it’s finally time to pack. However, you shouldn’t wait until the night before you leave to start packing. You should start packing at least a week in advance. Why? Because you don’t want to stay up all night packing and wear yourself out before you even leave for the trip. Pack gradually throughout the week. Pack those items you won’t need during the week. Then, pack clothing items as they become available (i.e. worn and washed and ready to be worn again on your trip). By gradually packing throughout the week, you won’t stress out packing at the last minute and hoping you remembered everything. Pack gradually and save yourself some time.

Travel planning takes time, effort, and a little bit of common sense. If you slack off and don’t plan correctly, your trip could end up a disaster before you even leave your home.

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  • Cornelia says
    The tip about not leaving all the packing to the last minute is so true - although everyone ends up doing it!

    I totally agree with the fact that a bit of research is required. I have to admit that I personally do too much planning when travelling. Sometimes it's fun to just explore a place without necessarily knowing exactly where you're headed next :)
  • Kirst says
    I LOVE planning travel! Haha.
    It gets so exciting. I find the hours slip away without me noticing, and if you ever get frustrated you just step back and daydream about the MEAN as time you're about to have.
    It's FUN!
  • Mellow says
    keep the weight down - minimalistic.............but thorough..........
  • Hannah says
    Have to admit - - - me and my partner have been planning to go travelling soon and I have been very tempted to do everything your article mentions not to do.

    I think spontaneity is something that definitely works for me, spinning around and whacking a pin into the board to determine where you are going is great. Of course once you figure out where you are going you do a bit of research.

    I think travelling is more about who you are with and not necessarily where you are going. Being stuck in monsoon weather in Calcutta with my partner was a blast and I wouldn't trade that experience for all the 'donts' someone can come up with. My advice would be to be careful and plan - to an extent.
  • stealthkiwi says
    I could never travel spontaneously to a country. Have way too many places i want to visit and for different reasons which often involves picking the exact right time. Sure if you have won lotto you could be a little more vague but we don't all have that luxury so it makes more sense to pick the destinations that have most captured your imagination
  • KH says
    I could never travel spontaneously either. Planning all the way...with enough time left for some flexibility and changes.
  • Ladidi says
    Just a heads up - even with months of planning, down to the last detail, things can still go wrong. Such as being caught up in 2 cyclones, while on a Pacific cruise, and missing 4 of 5 ports!! All of my planning went out the door. I'm still not over it. So my worst trip happened, even with the planning : (
  • Southernmummy says
    I travel quite regularly with my 3 children, and one thing you must NEVER forget to pack when travelling with kids activity pack. In the past activity packs have kept my kids occupied for the majority of the trip. One thing a parent never wants to hear for the entire trip is "how much longer, are we there yet?". Another must have is a pack of baby wipes. Regardless of how careful your kids are, they are bound to spill drink all over themselves. If your lucky to have a portable dvd player, dont forget to pack this, but always remember to charge the battery before you board the plane.
  • Mellow says
    When I was going thru Asia, signs against Drugs are well displayed, and the penalty - Death........ we may think it's a joke,...... it's not!
  • Ebby says
    i rekon don't over-plan, you want to be able to be spontanous and take options should they arise. Listen to locals! they know best. and hell, do it cheap, check out!

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